Jail time eyed for Gill’s robber

Probation revoked, sentencing next

Thomas Thomas A 23-year-old Bryan man who pleaded guilty to the Nov. 3, 2006, aggravated robbery of Gill’s Stop- N-Go is apparently headed to jail for the first time in connection with that offense.

District Judge Ed Magre revoked the probation of Justin Tiger Thomas Monday morning in 20th District Court.

Prosecutor Kerry Spears said Magre found Thomas had violated the terms of his probation after being arrested in Brazos County in February on charges of evading arrest and theft.

He was then returned to Milam County to face the original charge of aggravated robbery. That’s what Magre found him guilty of on Monday after revoking probation.

Magre ordered a pre-sentencing investigation by the probation department with sentencing set for 9 a.m. April 11.

ACQUITTAL—Investigators believed Thomas participated in robberies at both Gill’s and Sunny Food Mart in Rockdale during a three-day stretch in November, 2006.

But in July, 2009, Thomas was acquitted of the Sunny’s holdup in a jury trial. That was a verdict which didn’t sit well with law enforcement agencies.

One week later, Thomas pleaded guilty to the Gill’s robbery and was placed on deferred adjudica- tion probation.

The two other men arrested in connection with the holdups are serving prison terms.

HOLDUPS—Witnesses told police two men wearing “hoodie” type sweatshirts, wearing white gloves and holding “doo-rags” over their faces entered Gill’s on Nov. 3, 2006, with one pointing what appeared to be a semiautomatic pistol at clerks and customers. The pair made off with about $1,500.

Three days later w itnesses at Sunny’s told much the same story, that two men pointed what appeared to be a pistol at a female clerk and some customers and got away with about $4,000.

One day after the Sunny’s robbery, Thomas and Bryan residents Damion Jackson and Larry Johnson were detained after a threevehicle collision at a College Station intersection. Jackson turned state’s evidence and testified against both Thomas and Johnson. He drew a 15-year sentence. Johnson received a 25-year term after he was found guilty in a jury trial. Police have said they believe all three men were involved in both robberies.

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